Let’s lay some ground rules here: this is a concept bike, so, there are no rules.
Infinitely adjustable, low-maintenance electromagnetic suspension? Sure. Independent front and rear (electronic) power transmission with traction control? Just say it’s a thing, and that’s good enough.
The Orbiter concept came about as a Bachelor Thesis by Daniel Frintz of Stuttgart, Germany, and was done in cooperation with Canyon. Or at least that’s what the thesis says. We never received any confirmation of this from Canyon.
Frintz’s idea was to blend the characteristics of “stiff suspension,” “great travel,” “street tires,” “playful and agile” and “sporty look” into something of a hybrid between a street bike, a supermoto, a road bike and a DH bike.
The Orbiter concept is what came out the other side. It’s meant for urban DH riding. In addition to the two-wheeled electric drivetrain, the Orbiter is supposed to have a sensor system that monitors for defects before they become an issue for the rider.
There’s plenty of stuff for the rider to look at while they’re charging down narrow staircases and hucking ledges, with a heads-up display and a transparent touchscreen on the bar. Neat, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Interesting ideas, surely, but the Orbit is definitely a concept bike. So will Canyon be putting any development behind these futuristic concepts? We couldn’t coax a comment from anyone at the German consumer-direct giant.
You can check out Daniel’s thesis here.